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The application brought by the State to join the two Fishrot matters, Namgomar and Fishcor, to be heard as one will start this morning before Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg. While the prosecution is adamant that joining the two Fishrot matters will be both cost effective and save time, the parties opposing it totally disagree. The mother of a young girl, who was allegedly impregnated by her biological father and forced to abort the foetus, testified yesterday about the events. One of the victims of multiple rape accused Gavin Gawanab testified yesterday about an altercation in which she was involved with him. Two men, accused of stealing 453 pieces of unpolished diamonds from a vessel owned and operated by Debmarine Namibia, pleaded not guilty to all charges yesterday before Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg. A man involved in a relationship with the mother of one of the victims of a multiple rape accused, yesterday testified against the suspect. Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku yesterday sentenced a now 17-year-old from Rehoboth to an effective 16 years in jail. Fraud accused Manga Nawa- Mukena and her husband Joseph Mukena have enlisted the services of a new lawyer to defend their case currently before Windhoek High Court Judge Herman January. Introducing himself to the judge, Kadhila Amoomo said he will take over from the previous legal representatives of the Mukenas. The murder trial of Ernst Lichtenstrasser (60), accused of killing two senior managers at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) in Arandis, has resumed, with defence lawyer Albert Titus grinding an officer responsible for handling exhibits at the Arandis Police Station. The scene of the crime officer who collected exhibits and took photographs at the scene, where two senior managers of the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) in Arandis were shot in cold blood, testified about his involvement in the matter yesterday. Mining company Swakop Uranium has lodged an application for leave to appeal against an award of N$3.6 million for unfair retrenchment by an arbitrator that was confirmed by Windhoek High Court Judge Essi Schimming-Chase in the Labour Court. The Directorate of Legal Aid has appointed Joseph Andreas from Andreas-Hamunyela Law firm to further defend Marthinus Pretorius, who was convicted of raping two under-aged girls and of trafficking in persons. Legal Aid has instructed lawyer Titus Ipumbu to take over from Linus Samaria, who withdrew as the legal representative of Andries Afrikaner (39), one of the three men on trial for the murder of an elderly farming couple from Koës in the south. The Windhoek High Court yesterday gave hope to the Namibian LGBTQ+ community when it ruled in favour of a same-sex couple in an application for citizenship for their surrogate son born in South Africa. More suspects are likely to be added to the charges in which two siblings are accused of the brutal killing of Sharon Wasserfall and her subsequent burial in a shallow grave in Walvis Bay. Jeremia van Wyk, who confessed under oath to having abducted and sexually violated a minor in 2019, was found fit to stand trial by two psychiatrists, Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg was informed last week. Windhoek High Court Judge Claudia Claasen has refused to grant a section 174 discharge in the case of Russian national Alexander Krylov and Namibian Anna Katrina Engelbrecht. A 23-year-old man from Ekuku in the Oshana region has been slapped with an effective 29-year imprisonment, following convictions of murder and attempted murder. Defence lawyer Sisa Namandje has attacked the procedures used to appoint or “designate” Jesaja Shangula as the acting controller of customs and excise at the Walvis Bay Port. Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg yesterday postponed the now combined Fishrot case to January next year to afford the accused the opportunity to reply to the State’s pre-trial memorandum.